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TEAM SELECTION/ALLOCATION

Grades

It is the aim of the Club to have at least three teams at Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 with one team at each age level being graded as an A grade team. Appropriate grading procedures will be determined in order for this team to be selected. 

If after grading it is deemed by the Juniors Sub-Committee that by grading this team at an A level would be detrimental to the participation and development of the team then the Juniors Sub-Committee can make a recommendation to the Club President to have this team play as a “B” team.

Team Selection

Under 10s

  • The U10 teams will be selected with respect given to friendship groups endeavouring, if possible, to have a varying mix of talent in each team.

    Under 12s

  • The U12A team will comprise the best available talent in this age group with consideration given to ensuring the correct balance of bowlers, batsmen and keepers within the age group is achieved within the team.
  • The U12B and U12C teams will comprise of a varying mix of talent in each team with best endeavours being made to accommodate friendship groups.  Lower age or newer players to the club/game are likely to be selected to play in a C team.

    Under 14s and Under 16s

  • The U14A and 16A teams will comprise the best available talent in this age group save for ensuring the correct balance is achieved within the team.
  • The remaining teams will be selected in accordance to ability, starting with the most talented remaining players filling positions in remaining teams.   The selection panel will then recommend appropriate grades for each team ensuring they can perform creditably within the assigned grade.

    Anna Lanning Shield

  • The teams competing in the Anna Lanning Shield will comprise of a varying mix of talent in each team with best endeavours being made to accommodate friendship groups.  As the structure of the Anna Lanning Shield develops this approach will be reviewed.

Grading

Under 10

There is no grading process in the Under 10s .

Under 12

Under 12 players will be asked to nominate themselves if they wish to be considered for the A team. A Selection Panel will select the players, after an appropriate selection process, who will form an A team.  The Age Coordinator will then be responsible for allocating those not selected for the A team to the remaining teams with a varying mix of talent in each team with best endeavours being made to accommodate friendship groups.

Under 14 & Under 16 & Anna Lanning Shield

Under 14 players will be asked to nominate themselves if they wish to be considered for the 14A team.

All players in Under 14, Under 16 and Anna Lanning Shield will need to be graded to ensure maximum development opportunities are provided to our players.

Appropriate selection processes will be determined for each age group by a Selection Panel made up of those who have volunteered to be coaches for that Age Group, the Age Coordinator/Girls Cricket Coordinator and the Head of Coaching.  It is also recommended that involvement by an independent person, such as a Senior Player or independent coach be included on the Selection Panel.

An appropriate selection process would include a minimum of two training sessions focussing on skills assessment prior to the start of the season.  Other factors that are to be considered when undertaking grading of players include: previous season form, leadership, sportsmanship, potential to improve over the season and overall team balance.

It is the role of the Selection Panel to not only select the A team but all teams irrespective of the team they are likely to coach during the season. 

Playing Up

It is expected that players will play within their applicable age groups. Players maybe permitted to play in an older age group if it is deemed to be in the best interests of their development or they are occasionally asked to support a team in an older age group to help them make up their numbers.  This will occur with the permission of the Junior Sub-Committee.  Permission is unlikely to be granted if the older age group has an excess of players, or the applicable age group has a shortage of players.

Team Size

Team sizes at all age groups will be capped at 13 with any “A” side capped at 12 players.  Once these numbers are attained new registrations will be placed on a waiting list until there are sufficient players for an additional side.

There should be no assumption that teams will remain the same from one season to the next.